June 4, 2015
Dokkenator never planned on being an inspiration, or energizing a workplace. All he loved doing was singing to music. it surprises him when people come up and complement his singing. The amazing part is when those people are part of the function he’s working. Not only does it brighten his day, it also makes arriving at work worth the effort. That was never more clear than on this day.
Walking up the driveway to Paradise Banquet Hall, the RATT tune “You’re In Love” was blaring from the speaker bag. That’s when the lyrics caught the attention of several guests: https://youtu.be/n1sFCszjBoc
You take the midnight subway train, you’re calling all the shots.
You’re struck by lightning, you’re in love
You take the evening one on one, you’re only living to have fun
You want to use me, take me home tonight. I’ll make you wish that you were mine
You’re struck by lightning, you’re in love.
It’s not worth fighting, you’re in love.
So turn around, remember me. I’m the one who’s out to aim & please
You’re in love, you’re in love
Later, while preparing the Queen Anne Bar, a female guest approached Dokkenator. It was her complement that brought a smile to his face:
“Your singing made my day. I don’t know you, but your singing really brightened my mood. I was getting angry with my assistant, but I heard your voice & I was happy immediately. Whatever gift you’ve got, keep it. God Bless.”
With the energy Dokkenator possesses, there’s no reason anyone should be miserable inside the workplace.
Rock hard or don’t rock at all,
July 11, 2014
It’s not great finding out you’re a “last-minute” fill in for a regularly scheduled bartender. However, if there’s one thing Dokkenator has proven is that he’s always ready to step into the spotlight. The drinks were flowing & he was putting on a show. That’s how he earned the nickname “Rock Star”, and he proved it again on this night.
After 10 o’clock is when the music gets awesome. During that time the DJ was playing two classic 80’s Rock tunes from Loverboy & Bon Jovi. The first was hilarious, because the majority of guests didn’t know the lyrics to this song: https://youtu.be/TnHm4ro_l8s
Guess who stepped in & helped them out? That’s right. Dokkenator started belting the vocals & everyone joined in. Heck, it even got praise from the DJ who hollered out “Oh yeah…..that’s our bartender. He knows the lyrics.” That garnered a round of applause from everyone.
The second came from Bon Jovi. Thankfully, the majority of them already knew this song. Otherwise Dokkenator would be left scratching his head. After all, every guest he’s served knows the lyrics to this awesome 80’s track: https://youtu.be/lDK9QqIzhwk
A bartender who creates & rocks. Who knew this combination could work?
Rock hard or don’t rock at all,
April 13, 2009
It was that wet Spring afternoon Dokkenator was created. Power came to him while listening to the Rolling Stone compilation “Headbanging Heroes of 80’s Metal”. This amazing CD featured 16 tracks from the following artists:
Poison, Twisted Sister, David Lee Roth, Warrant, Winger, RATT, Autograph, Skid Row, Cinderella, Kix, Vixen, Dokken, Enuff Z Enuff, L.A. Guns, Lita Ford & Quiet Riot.
Four of those artists signal the arrival of Dokkenator at his workplace. However, it was “In My Dreams” by Dokken which made him a household name. The vocals from Don Dokken, coupled with the 1-2 guitar combination of George Lynch & Jeff Pilson always succeed in firing him up. The entire workplace hears the following lyrics once the employee entrance opens:
Callin’ your name, but you’re turning away. Please don’t leave.
Running in circles waiting to see you in my dreams.
What can I say or do? You won’t come back we’re through.
I realized too late that baby your love has turned away
In my dreams it’s still the same, your love is strong it still remains
In my dreams you’re still by me, just the way it used to be.
It never fails to light his fire for an awesome shift. It also holds a special place in his heart. More on that in another chapter.
“You are truly the highlight of my shifts.”
“We need your energy behind the line.”
“Where do you get your energy from?”
“Where have you been all night? You’re truly amazing.”
Those are just a sprinkling of the complements Dokkenator has received before, during & after his shifts. From the moment the employee entrance opens, the power of high energy 80’s Rock makes its presence known. Tracks from Def Leppard, Warrant, Winger, RATT & of course Dokken are being belted at full volume. Heads suddenly turn & workers look over, then say to themselves “Our favorite worker has entered the building.” It’s a power that Dokkenator has harnessed & built from the moment he entered Paradise Banquet Hall.
There’s buzz killers such as his scheduler or manager who fire the following:
“Why must you have those stupid things in your ears?”
“This isn’t a concert hall, take those things off.”
“When you enter this building, those headphones are to disappear.”
Nevertheless, Dokkenator is never phased by their complaints. If more workers possessed his energy & enthusiasm, there wouldn’t be complaints of ineffectiveness inside the workplace.
“Christmas vacation is almost over. I haven’t even started to write my book report on Gulliver’s Travels. Heck…I haven’t started to read it yet.”
“Why don’t I get started”?
“Why do I keep putting things off?”
“What’s wrong with me?”
Those were questions Charlie Brown asked himself one afternoon. He was wondering why he couldn’t get started reading “Gulliver’s Travels”. Not to mention he also was expected to write a report after finishing the book. All while on Christmas vacation.
Dokkenator isn’t facing that dilemma, but he’s also asked those questions. Not to mention he also wondered who would read his work. Why would he start writing a blog. However…the biggest question also arose: Would he continue to write, even though he was struggling to build an audience?”
Thanks to the advice of two Facebook friends, he’s decided to resume blogging his adventures. Quoting Susan Roberts…AKA Motley Sue…..”You’re in the wrong profession. You should actually be a writer. Your writing style is very smooth.”
Another good friend, Brandee Denton added her views. “He quite an intelligent fella, with some good humor sprinkled in the mix. Furthermore, he’s got the right personality in his current profession, but writing would take him so much further.”
If you’re wondering about Dokkenator, he’s a dynamic up & coming bartender. His energy takes parties to another level, whether as a regular bartender or a breaker. This is how he takes his love of 80’s Rock to kick-start every shift. Sit back, relax & prepare to enter his world. The Dokkenator never met a party he couldn’t rock.